Robert ShieldsBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2470 (Published 25 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2470
- Ian Gilmore,
- Caroline Richmond
A good administrator can run a department smoothly and apparently effortlessly; as great an administrator and charismatic leader as Bob Shields can turn a demoralised department into a world famous one. He did this for the department of surgery at Liverpool University during 27 years as its head. This included three years as dean of the medical school, building its strength by establishing new chairs in general practice and public health and forming close links with local hospitals.
Bob, an engineer’s son, was educated at the John Neilson Institution in Paisley. He was inspired to choose medicine when his family doctor treated his mother for an ankle fracture, with the bone protruding. A high flying student at Glasgow, by the time he qualified he had won a distinction, two prizes, and a medal, for surgery, pathology, and diseases of the nose and throat. He was a houseman at …